Fat Tug IPA | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fat Tug is a northwest style India Pale Ale that is characterized by an intense hop profile of grapefruit & melon and restrained malt notes. At 7 % alc/vol and 80+ IBUs this beer delivers layers of aroma and flavor that is sure to satisfy anyone with a thirst for all things hoppy!

Added by ericj551 on 10-26-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
614
Reviews:
164
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
165
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber. Hazy medium gold pour. Thin white head fades to a ring spotty lace.Toasted bread aroma. Taste starts with sweet bread but balanced nicely by piney resiny hop bitterness. Semi soft slick feel, finishes dry. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dabeerbuddha
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

At first glance, there was no bottled on date, and I bought it anyway. Only after I got home and poured it out could I finally see this faint dating on the neck of the bottle in the light and I was kind of disappointed. To have a bottling date is great, but it should also be clearly shown… not hidden away only to be seen at certain angles.

A 650ml bottle with a bottled on date of 12th April 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Strong orange, orange juice and orange zest aromas, tropical mango and passionfruit notes here and there along with pine and light caramel.

Taste: Lightly bitter citrus grapefruit, orange and orange zest. Sweet caramel malts, lightly biscuity, pine resin with a touch of pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This IPA was pretty good with nice bitterness, albeit also a little on the sweet side for me with the caramel, biscuit and pineapple.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a perfectly clear golden straw...a bit surprisingly. being unfiltered.
Moderate foamy head that lasts a while. Decent glass lacing.
Cirtusy nose.

Hop forward on the tongue, not very complex, a pleasant oiliness in the backwash. No lingering astringency, a little resiny aftertaste. Clean, relatively dry finish.

A visit to the website reveals: 7% abv, 80 ibu, and Citra and Amarillo in the mix....right in my wheelhouse.

A satisfying brew that's far too easy to drink. A very good example of the PNW American IPA style. and one of very few decent Canadian IPAs I have found. For those in the BC market, I would state Fat Tug is (objectively and hands-down) a MUCH better beer than Steamworks Flagship IPA...which I only mention because the latter was --- somehow, incredibly --- just voted Best BC Craft Beer (!??). Though a bit pricier per volume basis, a bomber of Fat Tug offers better value, IMO.

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Photo of tlema1
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

L: deep yellow color, with a lacing head
S: earthy hops and pine
T: a nice mix of citrus, pine and earthy hops
F: tons of mouthfeel
O: well balanced and very enjoyable

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a shaker pint.

Appearance is golden-amber, with not much head, but lots of lacing. The aroma was completely missing to start, but picked up as the beer warmed.

The taste is a nice balance of citrus, a little pine, and a hefty bitter finish. It's quite tasty.

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Photo of BlueSpader
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Notninja
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonCorbett
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A wistful haze of gold and amber hues, good two finger head largely foamy and full of all sizes of bubbles. As it dissipates it leaves behind a generous amount of clinging lace and rocky surface formations.

Aromatics: Plenty of bright citrus (grapefruit, lime), tropical notes (mango, passionfruit), and resinous pine, some milder underlying tones of biscuit and caramel malts.

Taste: Fair bit of grain in amongst the IPA hoppy goodness.

Feel: A light crisp but buttery texture in this middleweight. Finishes fairly strong but clean with a bit of Simcoe hop earthy linger and a very warming tingle at the back of the throat.

Overall: A superb 7% IPA with the right (complex) blend of flavour (aroma+taste) and a delightful mouthfeel. Well worth its place in the Canada top 100.

Pairing : This is an IPA worthy of a fine cut of beef - either BBQ Prime Rib or just a good ol charred up tender and juicy rib eye. Throw a potato salad on the side with some fresh corn on the cob and you have your self a stupendous match up.

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Photo of Tadhg67
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper gold and soft hued with a light haze. Topped with 4 fingers of sea foamy, yellow kissed, white head. Amazingly layered lacing.

Smells of pine, peaches, pineapple, and pencil shavings, sweet and dank all at once.

Hits of peaches, a solid sweetness, pine and pineapple, hawaiian punch, solid hops, and pencil shavings too, on the finish. A good but not overly strong bitterness. Orange and orange candy all in there.

Medium, fairly syrupy body, with a fairly low carbonation.

Excellent brew. No wonder its so highly rated and sought after! Yesterday I finally found it in Kitchener. Drinking it tonight in Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham, Quebec, near Wakefield. Here in a cottage, by a lake. Getting ready to tear it up tomorrow (this morning) at La Peche! Drank Sept 25th, 2016.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewxer
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Elimav
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elvisdoc
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sillysudssipper
2.94/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into glass.

Very minimal head.

Had a really hard time finding the nose. Really weird because the expectation was there, but my buddy couldn't get it either. Tiny whiff of tropical fruit, but, boy, the inhale was hard! Maybe it was just the day.

Hops leave long bitter aftertaste that lasted for at least 30 secs. Grapefruit. Overripe field cucumber peel. Malts are subdue and showcase the hops.

Fast and strong bubbles in the mouth.

Great taste and balance. Disappointed about the nose. Very cool label.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - golden color with a good hire head and sticky lacing
Smell - citrus pineapple and mango
Taste - just like the smell but slightly bitter
Feel - medium light body and carbonation
Overall - pretty yummy

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Fat Tug IPA from Driftwood Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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